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Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Volume 1 (OGT0001) Perfect Paperback – July 1, 2009
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Open Game Table is a true gift for gamers; gathering together the most popular content scattered across the blogosphere and organizing it into one print collection. Jacobs has done a fine job organizing the various articles into logical categories, and the table of contents provides readers with an informative reference to what is inside the book. An index might have been nice, if for no other reason than those moments when you want to quickly find the page that references the Tome of Horrors or if you wanted to note all of the pages that mentioned OD&D for reference later. But it's a minor issue.
The presentation as a whole is simple and clean, and in many ways feels like an "old school" game supplement. Several artists donated original artwork to the project to compliment the articles. To be honest, a lot of it has a somewhat cheesy feel, and yet it is precisely that cheesy style that gives the collection a certain geeky charm gamers will appreciate. (I have to ask artist Jennifer Weigel...exactly how many feet of rope did that little critter use anyway?Read more ›
With illustrations from many upcoming artists like James Keegan and Hugo Solis, this book is a gem. The information is a wonderful crossection of the blogging community, and I learned about several websites I had never even heard of (and I am a hard-core gamer). Hats off to the editor Jonathan Jacobs, and I am looking forward to the next installment!
The articles range from "Old School" Dungeons and Dragons, represented by James Maliszewski's Gygaxian Naturalism, all the way to the newest 4th edition of D&D, represented by the "Musings of the Chatty DM". All of the posts are thought provoking, well written, and fun to read.
Looking forward to the 2nd volume!
There are nearly 50 posts here in all, their topics ranging from the very first roleplaying games -- there's an article on Braunstein, the wargame that developed, more or less accidentally, into an RPG -- to the newest edition of D&D, released less than a year ago. The articles sift through history, mull game theory, provide helpful tips, offer new mechanics (including an entirely new homebrewed fourth-edition D&D character class) to plug into games, and even include how-tos on such topics as creating your own tokens (a cheaper substitute for the miniatures some games employ).
If you play or run roleplaying games, there's something here for you. The material's as good as anything you'd find in an official sourcebook, and most of it is applicable to a wide variety of games. This is an impressive first volume featuring some very talented authors.
I can't wait to see volume 2.
Above is the link to my gaming blog, wherein I reviewed this wonderful tome. I will be brief so as to not repeat myself too much.
This book is a must have, and if it is any indication of the direction this series will take, The rest will be as well. A snapshot of our gaming culture offering everything from campaign design advice to a fan build of a beloved and sorely missed 4E class.
Add to that the best part of all, it's a real, honest to god book! Barely contained within the cover, are the gems of knowledge and wisdom plucked from the tree of RPG Blogging knowledge.
I bought my copy, where in the h3ll is yours?
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It's about time RPG literature was collected in such a legible format--especially so much of it, and of such quality. I can't wait for volume two!Published on April 28, 2009 by Ulises Troyo
This book will quite simply give you the tools to get what you want out of an rpg experience whether as player or DM. Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by K. H.
When I today crawled out of bed I found my copy of "Open Game Table - The Antholohy Of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Volume 1" in my mailbox. And I have to admit it looks great in print! Read morePublished on April 8, 2009 by Michael Wolf